The 15th Annual Great Salt Lick Contest & Auction is Saturday, September 16, 2023. Viewing of the entries at Baker City's unique fundraising event begins at 5:30 p.m.; the auction starts at 6:30 p.m. Instigated by Whit Deschner, The Great Salt Lick is Baker City’s homegrown slaphappy event where used licked livestock salt blocks are sold as art for as little as $25 and as much as $2,900! Where the artists, although appreciated, are not paid but may be eaten. You don’t have to be a buyer to attend this event. Just come for a laugh and watch master auctioneer Mib Daily cast his charm over the audience. Bid if you dare. In 15 years, the auction has been featured on the front page of the Oregonian, OPB’s art beat, NPR’s Weekend Edition, the Smithsonian webpage, and among others, Ripley’s Believe It or Not, coffee table book, Odd is Art. In 15 years, the auction has raised $175,000 for Parkinson’s research at OHSU. Admission is free. Light dinner is available. This will be Whit’s last salt lick gathering. Adult beverages will be available for purchase, as well as food from Young Roots Farm.
Get your licks in now!
Enter your animal-created salt licks at Oregon Trail Livestock Supply, Richland Feed and Seed, or Churchill School.
Best Poem with a block: 1st: $100 2nd: $75 3rd: $50
Best Poem without a block: 1st: $100 2nd: $75 3rd: $50
All auction proceeds will go to OHSU Parkinson's Center of Oregon. $1,225 will be given out in prize money. This year's poem theme is "Took a Kickin’ but still Lickin'!"
The contest is currently accepting entries. If you wish to get your block into the show the deadline for submission is September 9; please get your entries in as early as possible. Blocks entered after Sept. 9 may or may not be eligible for prize money.
Free replacement blocks will be supplied by Oregon Trail Livestock Supply, Baker City, or, Richland Feed and Seed, Richland. (No replacement block at Churchill School, Baker City).
Thank you to all who have contributed or donated to this event.